(Closed) Fish bowl centerpieces?

posted 6 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@mrskrumpet:  If you flush them, they will die.

I strongly recommend not doing fishbowl centerpieces.

Issues with them are as follows:

1) What do you do with them after. I’d imagine most people won’t want to take home a fish and it is downright cruel to just kill them afterwards.

2) What are you going to do if during the wedding a fish dies? Looking at a dead fish in the middle of the table does not sound appetizing.

3) What about the fish poop? Again, a bowl with fish poop in it on the dinner table does not sound appetizing.

4) Guest reactions. If I were a guest I’d be pretty upset about the fish centerpieces. Fish are living creatures and pets to many people, they are not just for decoration and getting rid of afterwards.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Of course they will die. I personally don’t like the thought of using  a living thing as a disposable decoration. A reminder that you need to be prepared to have a dead fish or two floating and doing the backstroke at your wedding reception.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

We did fish bowls but used plastic fish. I refused to use live fish as I could not say for sure they would all get taken home, would not die, poop in the water and have it gross at the table.

I will upload the picture as soon as I can get one from people!!!

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

First, they will die if you flush them. There’s not just water in sewer pipes.

Secondly, I kinda wouldn’t recommend having live fish. I know a couple that did this recently (last week, actually!). They asked their guests to take them but, as you said, there was no easy way to transport them, so the couple was left with about 10 fishbowls with live fish to deal with. Probably not something you want to deal with on your wedding day!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I’m so, so, so against this. I’ve had fish tanks and am a fish lover, so I’d cringe to see fish being used as a decoration. The risk of the bowl getting sloshed and knocked over would be high, too.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@mrskrumpet:  What kind of fish are they?

Do you have a proper tank set up for them at home? Filter, heater, light, etc? Is your tank big enough to house all the fish you are buying?

 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@KatNYC2011:  Excellent questions.

Sadly, it’s not so easy to just add fish to an already established tank. Plus, they will have been under a lot of stress. Do you still have receipts for what you’ve purchased? You can bring them back or use what you’ve bought in a different way.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

You’re gonna get some bad reactions to this, I’ve seen brides be slammed with negative comments – I hope this doesn’t happen to you. To each their own. My Girlfriend did the fish centerpieces and they lasted all night, didn’t die, didn’t poop, didn’t do anything wrong. Her Fiance loves fish so it was actually a surprise to him. She found inexpensive glassware and everyone in the wedding party took one home – we knew ahead of time so if they were not giving us the fish bowls we could have had something to put them in to take home. I’m happy to report the wedding was in July 2011 and my fish is doing great – he’s got an upgraded tank and it living the life. All fish that were in her wedding and still living and treated well. So to answer your question I would either let them take them in the glassware you are using OR give them to your bridal party or family and let them know to bring something to take them home in.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I disagree with using living creatures as props for a wedding (or any event, really).  Why don’t you just use puppies or babies as centerpieces?  Sounds crazy, right?  Because it IS.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Ryderlover: this is a touchy subject please dont except to get a lot of positive feedback. But my thought are if your doing to have children in your wedding (flower girl, ring bearer, ect. ) possibly give the fish to them as a gift. Get the potarble fish carrier and some food and maybe even personalize the tanks.

Good luck!!!

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper

I went to a reception once that had fish bowl centerieces. They were really cute, and totally fit the theme.

But…one of the fish in the centerpiece on my table died during the reception. And the other fish spent the rest of the evening nudging his fishy friend.

Was it a big deal? Not really. Did it ruin the reception? No, not at all. But do I still remember it, three years later? Yep.

I’m not trying to discourage you at all. Just wanted to share my experience as a guest and prepare you for the fact that these little guys are delicate and may not make it through the night. If you want to give away the fish at the end of the night, can you send them home in the glassware they’re already in? (Similar to taking home an entire centerpiece — vase/container plus flowers)

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@mrskrumpet:  Goldfish are VERY dirty fish and also can get quite big. Because of their massive ammonia production, tank maintenance can be very hard and you cannot keep too many of them per tank unless the tank is huge.

Also, to get a tank properly set up it should cycle without fish for a few weeks so the water is stabilized.

Keeping fish is no easy task, I’ve learned a lot from my Darling Husband as we have a tank with some small Philippine fish and red and white striped shrimp as well as live plants, lava rock, and good substrate.

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